All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal. Tuesday 30th June 2015

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Our ‘Brilliant’ New Fishing Info Website Helps Anglers Find the Perfect Angling Spot

A new mobile-friendly interactive website has been launched to help anglers, and would-be anglers, find the best spot to fish. provides everything needed for a fishing trip, from searching for fishing spots to what the weather is doing and live water levels, to information on buying a rod licence and tackle.

> Watch the brilliant Paul Whitehouse video


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Operation LEVIATHAN Launched at West Mercia Police Headquarters

On Thursday 11 June 2015, Operation LEVIATHAN was launched at West Mercia Police Headquarters – the biggest initiative ever to target illegal fishing and fish theft.

> Read more

£50k of Rod licence money to Fund Improvements to Fisheries

Yet more fisheries are set to benefit when an additional £50,000 comes up for grabs later this summer as part of the hugely successful ‘Fishery Improvement Fund’. The funding comes from Environment Agency rod licence sales.

Know anyone who should apply?
Get them to check out the link below and apply before the close of business on Monday 13th July 2015. Forward this email to a club or fishery owner HERE.

> Find out how to apply

New Parliament Sets Up a ‘voice for angling’

MPs met with Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter of the Angling Trust in the House of Commons this week to re-establish the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling in the new Parliament which was elected at the General Election on May 7th. The Conservative MP for Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, Charles Walker, was elected Chairman for the second time.

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Angling Trust Lobbies EU for Bass Minimum Size Increase

The Angling Trust has stepped up the pressure to see the long overdue introduction of a 42cm minimum conservation reference size (MCRS) for both recreational and commercial bass fishing in order to allow the fish an opportunity to spawn successfully before harvesting. The present stock crisis is very much due to overfishing on the spawning grounds as well as a minimum size which allows fishing for juvenile bass before they have had the chance to spawn.

> Read more

Government Urged to Protect Funding for Salmon Management as Stocks Slump Again

As salmon figures slump, angling and fisheries NGOs have written to the Secretary of State urging her to provide funding to the Environment Agency to protect salmon stocks.

> Read more

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – Uncertain Impacts on Fish

On 9th June the Secretary of State gave consent for the development of a massive tidal lagoon hydropower project in Swansea Bay, the first of its kind in the world. Although anglers in South Wales and the Bristol Channel are bitterly disappointed by the long-awaited decision, persistent pressure from Fish Legal and our member clubs is likely to result in a rigorous monitoring and enforcement programme (far beyond what the developer had proposed), as well as a ‘suite’ of river enhancements (such as barrier easing) to compensate for possible impacts on salmon and sea trout. This means that, if – contrary to the developer’s predictions – significant impacts do occur they can be quantified and minimised, with the lessons gained likely to critically influence further lagoon projects planned for the Bristol Channel, north Wales and the Solway Firth.

Highland Council Publish Aquaculture Guidance

For eight years Fish Legal has fought for public recognition of the fact that it is the local planning authority (and not the Scottish Government) which has responsibility for considering and managing the impacts that marine aquaculture has on local wild salmon populations. The Highland Council’s new draft Aquaculture Supplementary Guidance published in May 2015 is the first such guidance to explicitly recognise this. It also suggests various ways in which the potential damaging impacts of sea lice on wild salmonids can be managed, including the imposition of environmental management schemes and temporary planning permissions. The new draft guidance is open to public consultation until 19 July and Fish Legal members interested in aquaculture are encouraged to respond here.

Thames Water £250,000 Fine Upheld

Fish Legal welcomed the Court of Appeal’s decision at the beginning of June to uphold the £250,000 fine imposed on Thames Water for polluting the Chase Brook in Newbury Nature Reserve with sewage in 2012. Thames Water had appealed the size of the fine, which they had been ordered to pay under new tougher sentencing guidelines for environmental offences. In upholding the decision of the Crown Court, the Court of Appeal said that companies with large profits should be fined equally large sums for damaging the environment to deter them from future offending – even if that meant “fines in excess of £100 million”. Fish Legal has campaigned for many years to see fines go up and better reflect the turnover of big business, believing that it is imperative that ‘it does not pay to pollute’.

General News and Classifieds
Events and articles of interest from the Angling Trust and the world of fishing

It’s Disease Season… Help Protect a Fishery!

The summer is here and with warmer water temperatures comes the threat of fish disease. The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) have produced some information leaflets relating to Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) and the threat it poses to fisheries. Please read them, share widely and protect your fishing! If you suspect KHV notify the FHI on 01305 206 700 or

Download the leaflet about nets and KHV HERE
See how to recognise KHV and what to do HERE
Check out the FHI on Facebook HERE

New Video Urges Clubs to Create Crucian Waters

The National Crucian Conservation Project (NCCP) has produced a second video aimed at encouraging angling clubs and fishery owners to create crucian friendly waters in order to protect the species and encourage anglers to take up fishing for them.

The film can be viewed HERE.

Wild Trout Trust River Habitat Masterclasses

The Wild Trout Trust are inviting anglers to attend one of its free practical river habitat workshops. These will be hands-on training days run by the Wild Trout Trust which will teach the use of tools and techniques for habitat improvement and management. There are five, one day long workshops which are spread over three locations throughout the Colne catchment between Monday 24 and Friday 28 August.

Contact Rob Pearson – Fisheries Officer

British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee Announces New Records and Equal Records

New sea and coarse records were ratified at the recent BRFC meeting at Fishmongers’ Hall, London, on 8th June 2015.

Pictured left: Species: Stephen Frapwell’s crucian carp at the equal record weight of 4lb 10oz from Johnson’s Lake, Marsh Farm, Surrey.

> Read more about the other record fish

Angling Trust Raffle Winners Pick Up Top Prizes

The Angling Trust’s spring raffle certainly caught anglers’ interest helped by a great list of prizes topped by a trip for two to the stunning tropical flats-fishing paradise of the Los Roques archipelago in Venezuela with flight costs included!

> Read more

NEW: Avon Roach Project Blog

Yipeeeeeee! The Brine Shrimp Hatchery is dismantled and back in the garage till next year…”
The latest Avon Roach Project Blog is online so read the first hand experiences of those involved in the fascinating, inspirational and succesful work to establish breeding colonies of roach in rivers where populations have crashed.

> Read the blog

Member Offers
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50% Off for Angling Trust Members on Beneath the Waterline DVDs

You might have seen some of Jack Perks’ brilliant underwater films online and more recently Jack has appeared on BBC Springwatch. Jack is offering our members a fantastic offer. You can order Beneath the Waterline, his amazing film about the variety of species and habitat that are not normally visible below the water’s surface, on DVD for just £5.00 + £1.00 p&p – the price is normally £10.99.

Just contact Jack HERE and quote Barbel05AT to get your discounted DVD. The offer is valid until 7th July.

Watch the trailer and free online content HERE
The project website is HERE

10% Off for Angling Trust Members on Nordik OCTBOXs

The Nordik range of OCTBOX seat boxes have created a buzz in match fishing circles and now, in a special deal for our members, Nordik are offering 10% off for online orders using the special Angling Trust member code which we’ll give you when you call 01568 620 447 with your membership number. Order online at and don’t forget to call us for the discount code first!

Exclusive Offer: Save 10% with Forest Holidays

10% off at Forest Holidays – visit and enter code ANGLING10 in the promotional code box when booking*

* Code entitles a paying Angling Trust member to 10% off the cost of a cabin at any of the 9 Forest Holidays locations. This code must be applied at the time of booking and cannot be used with any other offers. All bookings must be made by 31/12/2015. Forest Holidays reserve the right to withdraw this code at any time.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

National Fishing League Final

The sun shone on Garbolino Lindholme Fisheries for the final of the Angling Trust & Angling Times National Fishing League. A very relaxing and friendly atmosphere was given a further boost when host Neil Grantham donated a £500 “Golden Peg” to increase an already generous pay out. The final result was a 1,2,3, for the North West’s Barry Bush, Andy Bennett and John Jowett.

Ireland Win Home International Boat Championship

Team strength and international experience proved to be the key to success when Ireland powered to victory on day two in Weymouth at the annual SALC Home International Boat Angling Championship from 17th – 21st June 2015.

> Read more

Angling Trust Ladies National Championship

This year saw 48 competitors in the Angling Trust Ladies National Championship at Lakeview Fishery, Melton Mowbray held on Saturday 13th June. The winner and crowned Ladies Individual Champion 2015 was Lisa Ford, runner up was Gemma Mathews and in third place was Emma Drysdale.

> Read the full match result

Dates for your diary…

July 2nd 2015 – Severn & Teme Barbel Stocks and Major Midlands Fisheries Enforcement Operation

At the Angling Trust & Environment Agency Severn Catchment Fisheries Forum, the theme this time is “Severn & Teme Barbel Stocks and Major Midlands Fisheries Enforcement Operation” including: Details of a major new fisheries enforcement inititaive covering a large part of the Midlands, news of the Severn Barbel Project, weir removal projects on the River Teme, fish passage projects on the Severn, Predator Study Update, Environment Agency News.

Small Buffet served from 6.45pm, meeting begins 7.15pm at Ombersley Memorial Hall, Sandys Road, Ombersley WR9 0DY. If you wish to attend it is essential to register for a place HERE.

Fill Your Diary With Family Fishing Fun Days
FREE activities, fishing, coaching and use of tackle

Do you fancy a day out for the family with lots of different fun activities? Would you like to introduce a member of your family or a friend to fishing? Are you a beginner, an existing angler or returner?

Then come along to a FREE Family Fishing Fun Day. Fishing tackle and instruction from our licensed coaches is provided. Plus there are activities for non-anglers and family members.

A full list of Family Fishing Fun Days can be found HERE.

July 7th 2015 – Angling Trust Thames Regional Forum

The guest speaker is Angling Trust Campaigns Chief, Martin Salter on the topic of the National Crucian Conservation Project and ongoing Angling Trust campaigns.

The Lambert Arms Hotel
London Road, Aston Rowant, Watlington,
Oxfordshire OX49 5SB

Free of charge but please book in advance HERE.

Bexhill Sea Angling Festival 2015 Dates Announced

The “Bexhill Festival of the Sea” is a month long event running from the 5th – 30th September 2015 which will promote all that is great about our seaside. The festival includes Bexhill Angling Festival weekend on the 5th & 6th September as well as 14 angling competitions during the festival month.

> More info at

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